Dr. Edward F. Smith, III, received a B.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and an M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. After graduation, he was employed at the Olin Metal Research Laboratory in New Haven, CT. As Manager of the Metals Physics Group, his research interests centered on surface characteristics of metals and included programs in areas such as solar thermal heating, electrical contact phenomenon, metal cleaning, electroplating, and IC packaging. In 1987, he became Director of Research and Development at The J. M. Ney Company with responsibility for both electrical contact and dental applications. In 1995, was named Ney’s Vice President for Research & Development. He is a member of the IEEE. He served as Chairman for the 1995 IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts and 1996 International Conference on Electrical Contacts, as well as Conference Technical Chairman in 2000 and 2001. In 1997, he was awarded the Armington Recognition Award for his work with the conference. He continues to remain active with the IEEE-Holm Conference and currently serves on the Conference steering committee. Dr. Smith has given numerous technical presentations in the US, Europe, and Japan. He has over twenty patents covering areas as diverse as electronic packaging, electrical contact alloys and precious metal alloys for a variety of medical applications. In 2002, J. M. Ney was purchased by Deringer Mfg., and he was named Corporate Vice President, Research and Development.